I hesitantly bought this phone as I had read for years how Sony phones have all kinds of hardware related problems (the most notorious one being cracked glass -issue that has plagued the Z-series). However, as it's slim pickings for compact phones right now (always used to get a Galaxy Mini). Now, after a month of use, I can honestly say this is the best smartphone I've had: the camera is great (slower than a Samsung camera, though), the build quality is great (love the plastic in terms of durability) and the battery life is more than great (without Stamina, I'm getting close to four days although I did apply different battery-saving tricks on the phone). Also, while I wouldn't test it myself, there is that rumour that this phone is unofficially water-resistant (if not waterproof) and the Japan-only model with the official rating is the same phone as what the rest of us got.
I have this phone F5321 for 5 days. ordered it via Ebay. Great phone.
I used yo have S4 mini and then S3 and now this one.
* This phone is fast indeed.
* Good RAM memory - now i am on average of 35~40% rather then 80~100% in the S3
* great camera. and nice effects can be use by sony official addons
* compact size which is very convinient in my hands.
* even though it has 4.6" screen it has 4X5 icons rather then 4X4 icons like the 4.8" S3
* The immigration was smooth (i use same google account here like before so the phone took my calander,apps,wallpaper and contacts).
* battery is way way better then the S3 - can hold a day and if you don't use it even more
* Almost no basic wadgets like in the samsung. even though i found everything as a standalone widget in the playstore (flashlight, Monthly calander on a full page)
* Instead of having one Gallery like in the samsung it has 3 different programs which are similar to one another and need more actions in order to see the directories (So i d/l Gallery from playstore)
* I can't move file from the internal memory to the SD card (maybe its the marshmelllow system and maybe the sd card.... it depends who you ask) - in this case when i want to move something to the sd i connect the phone to the computer and then do it.
* No Hebrew language for the menus, other things like websites and contacts and waze shows hebrew (maybe its becoz i got official chinese rom) - in this case i d/l official google keyboard.
overall: Great phone. I am no gamer but need my phone for work so i need it to be fast and reliable. this is a good choice.
Anonymous, 08 Dec 2016I would like suggestions. Not many phones that are under 5.0 screen size that are close to fla... moreIt looks like you are looking for a compact smartphone, for now this is the best compact smartphone until now, perhaps sony comes out with a xz compact in the future.
IPhone 6,6s,7,7s are not compact smartphones, yes they have 4.7 inches screen but the smartphone size is big, when you want to check a smartphone size you have to look directly to "Dimensions" in the specifications.
AnonD-481725, 08 Dec 2016What is your point? do you need any suggestions?....I would like suggestions. Not many phones that are under 5.0 screen size that are close to flagship specs that appeal to me and that work in the USA. If Samsung would make a mini version of their s models again or even renew their alpha phones I would get it. But so far this phone has my top vote when I upgrade soon. But by then, I am sure there will be more phones out that may compete with this one.
I hope the trend now are still 4.7inch and not that bloody big 5.5inch. Look how nice were the iphone 7 but it's too pricey. I hope the android have more choices of good 4.7inch.
Thank you Sony, for being the only company still making small but mighty Android smartphones
FEELING LOST, 06 Dec 2016I love this phone even if I don't have one :( haaaays:)))))))))
Anonymous, 06 Dec 2016Thanks Bro IMHO Z3's Display is not that bad......I knew what you meant, but i am just trying to explain your point :), Xperia z3 display is not bad, sure ;-).
AnonD-481725, 05 Dec 2016Dude.. He meant that it is great not bad like z3.Thanks Bro IMHO Z3's Display is not that bad......
Anonymous, 06 Dec 2016Lol, the SE is the only premium compact phone, performance without heating, good battery (twic... morePlease give me the link of GSMarena report about self cracking issue, don't you trust this site?
AnonD-481725, 05 Dec 2016IPhone se!! 4 inches 520p display, camera is meh, this isn't even a smartphone, and as usual i... moreLol, the SE is the only premium compact phone, performance without heating, good battery (twice as good as z5c in real life use), 4k video, premium looks and build, no selfcrack or anything else Sony is famous for. Go to any xperia comment section and see how most the comments from real users are negative, does good phones have so unhappy owners? No.
Elric, 04 Dec 2016Wanna hear a joke ? This joke of a phone costs 30 euros more than Iphone SE 64 gb in my country. IPhone se!! 4 inches 520p display, camera is meh, this isn't even a smartphone, and as usual iphones excels only with their performance, nothing else.
usskid11, 05 Dec 2016So for a better typing experience better buy the xperia x? is xperia x performance worth it or... more"Great Screen not like Z3" what does it mean ??? Will you please elaborate it I mean is its screen is awful or great....
Elric, 04 Dec 2016Wanna hear a joke ? This joke of a phone costs 30 euros more than Iphone SE 64 gb in my country. Not a joke, iphone SE is crap compared to this phone.
usskid11, 05 Dec 2016So for a better typing experience better buy the xperia x? is xperia x performance worth it or... moreXperia xz is the best smartphone made by sony, if you want to save some money then Xperia x performance is already great but not better than xz.
So for a better typing experience better buy the xperia x? is xperia x performance worth it or should i consider xz? I am torn between xperia x and xz now. I have tested one xperia x yesterday and it is great. Great screen not like z3. More colourfull display. which do you guys reccomend? All sony devices look phenomanal in store. Even the XA looks amazing.
The se works very very fast but for an average user I think I would do well with sony too.
Had iphones before and samsung note. How can a note get so laggy in 1 year of time usage and sony does not? With iphones I always had problems on how they are made. And the form of iphone 6 .... come in in 2016 i cannot buy the 7 with 6 body...